In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Walton on the Naze like this:
WALTON-LE-SOKEN, or W.-on-the-Naze, a village and a parish in Tendring district, Essex. The village stands on the coast, at the terminus of the Tendring Hundred railway, 7½ miles by water S of Harwich; is a sea-bathing resort; includes cliffs recently protected from sea encroachment, and disposed in building plots and meandering walks; includes also a marineter-race, a handsome row of new houses, and several detached villas, overlooking the sea; is a sub-port to Harwich, and a resort of many yachts; and has a post-office‡ under Colchester, a r. ...
station, three hotels, many lodging-houses, a music-hall, reading rooms, bathrooms, a fine beach well-supplied with bathing-machines, a crescent pier 300 feet long used as a promenade, a copious Artesian well, a church of 1804, Independent and Primitive Methodist chapels, a parochial school, and charities £81. The parish comprises 2,600 acres of land, and 660 of water. Real property, £5,148. Pop., 697. Houses, 169. W. Hall is the seat of P. Bloefield, Esq. W. Tower was built by the corporation of Trinity House. Two martello towers stood on the coast, but one of them has been taken down. Much land, probably as far as to a shoal called West Rocks, 5 miles from the present shore, has been washed away by the sea. The bold promontory of the Naze forms the N part of the parish; and is mostly separated from the mainland by a sea-inlet called Walton-Creek. Many interesting fossils, of the crag formation, have been found on the coast; and coprolites, pyrites, and fine clay are collected. The living is a vic arage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £130. Patrons, Trustees. The old church, with its churchyard, and with adjoining houses, was swept away by the sea.
Walton on the Naze is now part of Tendring district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tendring has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Walton on the Naze itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Walton on the Naze, in Tendring and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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